We watched Bryn Kenney take down the $100,000 Super High Roller to help kick off this PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. Then Steve O’Dwyer added yet another high roller trophy to his collection after winning the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller.
Today the third and final high roller of this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure got underway, a $25,000 buy-in, single re-entry event, and after one day of play Dustin Johns sits atop yet another talent-rich field after spinning his starting stack of 50,000 all of the way up to 298,100 to end Day 1.
By the dinner break Nick Maimone looked to be the pace-setter with Brian Yoon, Isaac Baron, and Aleksei Platonov. Before long, though, Olivier Busquet pushed up the leaderboard, boosted in large part by busting out fellow high roller star Mustapha Kanit.
One of those late arrivers was Negreanu’s fellow red spade sporter, Liv Boeree of Team PokerStars Pro. Alas for Boeree, her stay was short-lived after she first ran sevens into Salman Behbehani’s pocket aces, then rebought and immediately thereafter was busted by Kanit after running jacks into his aces.
Steve O’Dwyer (on a second try) is still in the mix as well with 47,600, as is Daniel Dvoress (who cashed in both the $100K SHR and $50K HR) with 51,400. And three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour also made it through on a second entry, finishing with 43,700. Players who entered and were felted twice on Day 1 besides Boeree and Kanit were Bryn Kenney, Nick Petrangelo, Calvin Anderson, Dani Stern, Igor Kurganov, Govert Metaal, and Joe Kuether.
In the end a total of 106 players made it through to tomorrow from the 214 total entries — again, with re-entering still available for those who haven’t done so yet until the start of play tomorrow. A full list of end-of-day-1 chip counts can be found here.
Join us tomorrow starting at 12 noon when Day 2 of the $25,000 High Roller continues to roll onward toward Thursday’s final table.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.